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Comprehensive New Patient Exams

To ensure the highest quality of care, new patients to our practice receive a comprehensive new patient exam with the doctor including photos and radiographs.  The first visit with our hygienist will include a professional cleaning of your teeth to remove any build-up of tartar and plaque from your teeth and at the gum line, polishing your teeth, and the application of a preventative fluoride treatment.

Services your hygienist will perform during your cleaning include:

  • A review of your dental and medical history
  • An oral cancer screening using VELscope® technology
  • An evaluation of your overall oral health
  • Radiographs (Bitewings, periapical and/or panoramic) to detect decay, disease or concerns
  • Photographs of smile, bite, tooth alignment, and shade
  • DIAGNOdent® screening for early caries detection (tests the density / softness of your enamel)
  • Removal of stains, plaque, and tartar
  • Periodontal Probing – A measure of your tissue pockets to assess your gum tissue and bone health
  • A fluoride application
  • Sealants / assessment of the need for sealants
  • Polishing of all teeth
  • A treatment plan of any areas of concerns by priority
  • Estimates of needed treatment
  • Referrals to specialists if indicated
  • A predetermination of treatment coverage for insurance
  • A goodie bag including a new toothbrush, tooth paste, floss sample
  • At-home oral health education and instruction

Additional services available during this appointment:

  • Orthodontics consultation if needed
  • In-office whitening
  • 3 Dimensional Cone Beam (CBCT) Diagnostic Imaging

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